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  • Australia fines Apple $6.7 million over misleading 'Error 53' repair practices

    "The Court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer's right to a remedy being extinguished."
    That sounds like some silly shit to me. Get it broken fixed by some third party and expect Apple to clean the ensuing mess.
    The point is that the devices were correctly fixed by a third party repairer and Apple then applied a software update that bricked the devices (error code 53) AND THEN said that they could not repair the devices because of the initial third party repair. The Federal Court has determined that this was essentially a lie, and lying to a consumer is illegal in Australia, as it should be in any civilised country!
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  • Apple's proposed Australian flagship store faces public opposition, called 'Pizza Hut pago...

    No comment.  I hate malls...

    Making me walk past a bunch of stores that I have no interest in, to get where I need to go, is a waste of my time.

    They probably also have parallel parking... shudder.
    The site isn't in a mall, its in a public "square". It's not actually square (not even a rounded rectangle - RIP Steve Jobs), but that's modern architecture for you. However, it is fronted by galleries and restaurants and currently has no shops, so that's really the big issue for Melbournites, not the architecture. As to parking, there's a parking station on the other side of the art gallery from the proposed Apple store location, but very few people will drive there, Melbourne is a very walkable city, the main rail station is a 1 minute walk away and there are about a dozen tram routes all operating at a couple of minutes frequency along both frontage roads.
  • Actor Justin Long reveals why Steve Jobs rejected over 200 'I'm a Mac' ads

    Only 66 released out of 323 made?? The Ad Agency should release some more of them (I am sure they kept them all) as the 'Lost Collection.' It will help remind everyone what made Apple great at one time.
    Great idea! Bundle them in 10-12 an episode and add an interview or two and release the series on Apple TV+. It would be better than most of the product so far!
  • Australia's largest bank rolls out support for Apple Pay

    Hell hath only one fury worse than an Apple user scorned! I cancelled my NAB cards and got an ANZ Visa Card instead, just so I could use Apple Pay. I understand that many thousands did the same. Even if NAB follow CBA and come on board, I'm not going back.
  • How dual-SIM works with Apple's iPhone XS & XS Max

    entropys said:
    i would have liked a new well featured SE so I could carry a second, smaller personal phone to get around the profile problem.
    Agreed, I have an iPhone 8 as my main device and a Nokia dumbphone for my backup. When I'm in my work country the Nokia it has my home country SIM in it, when I'm travelling home or O/S I swap SIM's. I'd be much happier with one big and one small iPhone, but the SE just doesn't do it for me.
  • Steve Wozniak says Apple should have split up long ago, talks push into services and more ...

    Japhey said:
    tzeshan said:
    i am curious. What are his contributions after leaving Apple decades ago? Giving advices to Apple? 
    Also, why does he continually refer to Apple as “we”?  Is he currently connected to the company in any way, official or not?
    And also, why does his beard look pink?
    According to this report:, the Woz is still on the payroll. Without him the Woz there would be no Apple. Without Steve Jobs there would be no Apple. It needed both of them. Also, his total net worth is reportedly around $100 million, so I'd rather listen to him than trollers with a net worth of much, much less than that.
  • 'Find my iPhone' warned murder victim of assailant's location minutes before death

    napman said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Better to own and be trained with a firearm for self-defense than be killed and have one’s iPhone provide ‘witness data’ after the fact.
    Or you could take firearms off everybody thereby reducing the risk all round. 
    Do you honestly believe you could take firearms away from everybody?  How would you take them from the criminals who likely obtained the weapons from illicit, untraceable sources?

    When police do not have to deal with domestic disputes, crimes of passion and dumb accidents that become murders or manslaughters because of the easy availability of firearms, then they have more time to disarm criminals. Also, when firearms become harder to obtain, criminals tend to restrict their use to fights with other criminals, making it much safer for normal, law abiding citizens. The facts are that in 2016 in the US there were an average of 4.62 homicides by firearm per 100,000 population, whereas in Australia, for example, there were 0.18. So you are 25 times more likely to be murdered by firearm in the US. BTW, in Australia there is a gun ownership rate of 13.7 weapons per 100 persons, which indicates that those that like to shoot (me included) can still own weapons (we just have to get a licence with background checks and do training first - same as if I want to drive a car).
  • Apple's FileMaker, Inc brings back the old Claris name

    In the early 90's as a director of a town planning department in a southern Sydney council, I "computerised" the department. To the great annoyance of the IT manager, I progressively installed a IIci for the senior draftswoman, a couple of LC 475's for the planners and a Powerbook 145 for me. Then added AppleTalk to network them up - ridiculously cheap and easy compared to the IBM XT world I was meant to be 'amazed by' - not! . I really p'd off the IT manager when I added an SNAps 5250 card to connect the IIci (or was it a Quadra by then?) to his beloved IBM AS/400 and a second monitor for the Quadra (people from other departments used to come and watch just to see the cursor arrow glide seamlessly between monitors). This increased our productivity through the roof. Awards and accolades for the team from everywhere. Of course ClarisWorks was our mainstay app, and I used it at home too. BTW, the training cost - zero. I taught them (with my hands very firmly clasped behind my back, so that I didn't touch the mouse) how to move the mouse, hover, click and double click. This took all of five minutes, then the training software on the LC did the rest. Within a day they were writing reports, creating databases, modifying images with Pagemaker (very handy for planners) and soon they graduated to ClarisCAD. Of course, as soon as I left, for a bigger role elsewhere, the IT manager swooped and sent them back to the IBM stone age.
  • Editorial: Apple Arcade is likely to drive a new A12X Apple TV

    lkrupp said:
    Despite being a pioneer, AppleTV is now a massive underachiever. They’ve been pretty convincingly overtaken by Roku. If it weren’t for my photos and my music, I’d pretty much jettison both mine. The remote is an insufferable joke. 

    Faster processors and Arcade and Jennifer Anniston and such ain’t going to cut it. 
    Could you elaborate? How is the Apple TV an underachiever? What is superior about the Roku other than unit sales? My Apple TV HD does precisely what it was designed to do, that being streaming music and video, providing a plethora of apps from which to choose, games. Back in the day the Windows people used to mock Apple users over how much software was available for Windows compared to OS X, leaving out the fact that most of that Windows software was cheap crap. In my opinion you are dead wrong and the Roku is the streaming world’s Windows, market share and nothing superior about it.
    I've not tried Roku. I had a friend who demo'd his to me a few years back and it didn't impress, so I've stayed with Apple TV. Mostly I love Apple TV, although the remote was a bother until I bought a silicone case for it (about US$5.00). I bought one with a wrist strap, because it means you can feel which way is up without thinking about it. I later discovered that, if I'm feeling lazy, I can snag the remote with my big toe - avoiding leaning over to the coffee table (yea, I know - too much information!). I'm too busy to play games, so I'm using it for TV and music, and as a family photo album (about 1000 of our best of the best photos set up as the screensaver). YouTube and Mubi are my favourite apps, so far. The only downside for me is that the interface is inconsistent (which I put down to us being used as guinea pigs while they sort out how best to deliver the TV App across devices and systems. My wish list includes the ability to have a music visualizer, like in iTunes on the Mac, the ability to set different screen savers and/or visualizers to engage, depending on what App you are in and an algorithm that pushes the stuff that I like (and haven't already seen) to the top of the selection in the Movies and TV apps. PS: I've noticed that if you search for something and it's not available then, sometimes, it is available a week or so later, so big kudos for that.
  • Apple counters Australian banks' call for iPhone NFC access, cites handset security

    Australia avoided recession during the 2008 Global Financial Collapse (or GFC, as it is accurately titled in Australia and NZ), because the big banks did not fail, and because the Rudd government sent every taxpayer a cheque for $1000 - some of which was spent on Apple products (at least in my family). That said this does look like a big cartel clutching at legal straws in an attempt to smash Apple's deal with ANZ and Amex.